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Move to Act Newsletter         
April 2007

in this issue
:: CanINE Express
:: Learn more about estate planning for animal people
:: "Pets Supplies Plus" discontinues the sale of electric dog training collars
:: Maddies Fund
:: Move to ACT blog is here for you.
:: What does it cost to spay or neuter your dog in Indianapolis?
As the watchdog voice of local grassroots animal welfare, Move to ACT continues to bring issues of importance to your attention in 2007. With your continued support, we can keep animal care concerns - your concerns - at the forefront of community discussion. With your help, we can bring about humane and meaningful change. Please help by sharing this newsletter with at least 10 of your friends.

Whether spending our money in the retail market or donating to a nonprofit animal service organization, we need to be informed in our giving in order to truly improve animal welfare. Quietly, individuals and small organizations are working with little fanfare or recognition to achieve life-saving results for animals. Do your research. Ensure that the recipient of your time or treasure actually reflects those values close to your own. Exuberant salaries, costly overhead, and image marketing mean that less of your donor dollar actually reaches animals in need. Make your donation count!
CanINE Express
Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet.The hardworking operations staff at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control makes every effort to find safe and loving homes for the overwhelming number of animals it receives at its door. One of the many successful programs in which they achieve this is the "win-win" partnership established with Cathi Eagan's CanINE Express transport project. (The "INE" is an acronym for "Indiana to New England"). Each month an average of 90 dogs (approximately 40 from IACC) find their way into new homes by way of the Express!

Since December 2004, the CanINE Express has been making monthly journeys to New England - taking beautiful, adoptable dogs from 6 over-burdened Indiana shelters to participating partnering New England shelters for adoption. These participating New England shelters are "guarantee placement" agencies in communities where aggressive spay/neuter efforts have greatly reduced the reproduction and availability of companion animals. To date, the Express has transported 2,126 dogs, and 384 have been from Indianapolis Animal Care and Control!

All of the expenses for this project are initial out-of- pocket expenses for the coordinator and volunteers ($800/van rental, gasoline and road tolls). It usually costs the shelter $50-$80 per dog to prep them for the transport (health checks, spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, heart worm test and preventatives).

Click here to learn more about the origins of this program.

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to off-set the expenses of this wonderful and successful project, you can do so online by visiting https://www.civicnet.net/apps/civil/dpsaccd/index.j sp Or by mail: Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control (FIAAC) attn "CanINE Express" 7399 North Shadeland Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46250
Make a tax deductible donation

Learn more about estate planning for animal people
As a result of witnessing misadventures with donor dollars in the local animal welfare community, several animal service organizations took a stand and worked together in an effort to protect the $3.4M Mary Powell Crume public benevolent trust for animals from misuse by its trustee.

http://www.movetoact.com/media/SelflessEfforts .pdf

The cancer of abusing a financial gift to an animal welfare agency is not just a local matter. It is a phenomenon that exists in other communities as well. In the current online edition of "Animal People News," watchdog Merritt Clifton speaks to the dangers of willing money to animal charities. Among the key points:

"Most common of all are cases of leaving money to organizations that spend more on fundraising and related publicity than on actual animal protection."

"There are no substantive legal controls on misuse of funds by charities."
Read more in "Making Bequests to Animal Charities, and Setting Up Trusts to Benefit Animals"

Maddies Fund
Maddies Fund is one of the largest grantors in the animal welfare world. On the surface it looks like a financial cure-all that is simple. But what are the real benefits to the animals in Marion County?

Which rescue groups and shelters will receive any money? What are the chances of financial mismanagement? Watch for more updates.

Move to ACT blog is here for you.
Be sure to visit the new mtA blog! Move to Act thinks it's time for animal advocates to have an online forum to exchange ideas and opinions on local animal issues. The blog will feature timely posts relating to no kill, legislation, resource allocation and animal abuse to encourage reader comments. As we exchange ideas and opinions we can all become more familiar with the Indy animal scene.

Visit the BLOG!

"Pets Supplies Plus" discontinues the sale of electric dog training collars
Nick Milano, owner of the local "Pet Supplies Plus," has discontinued the sale of electric dog training collars from his stores after local training instructor Wes Anderson, of Doggone Connection, shared with Mr. Milano the data on the negative behavioral impact of shock collar use. This decision exemplifies retailing with a conscience.

Responses from other local pet supply stores to Mr. Anderson's information-sharing and educational outreach was, "We'll have to run it by corporate and get back to you."

"Thanks" to Mr. Milano for his example of humane retailing and raising the retailing conscience in regard to companion animals.

And "thanks" to Mr. Anderson for this educational outreach.

Want to learn where you can shop for your pet supplies?

What does it cost to spay or neuter your dog in Indianapolis?

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet.
MtA put a microscope to the cost puzzle and the results? Anywhere from $30-$444. Find out what Marion County veterinary practices charge for this essential service. Print out the price list and make available to your neighbor. Fewer animals die when fewer animals are born.
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"We need another and wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals... We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err and err greatly. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they moved finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth"

Henry Beston

The Mission of Move to ACT is to foster an environment for the animals of central Indiana that is safe and humane by engaging members of our community into action through education and promotion of collaborative programs based on principles of respect, accountability and integrity.

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Warren G. Patitz
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